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Don't be fooled by the naysayers.
From the makers of "Coraline" (which I absolutely hated) comes "ParaNorman".
This odd offering is the latest step forward in the art of stop-motion animation. The sets and characters have been carefully crafted as well as the nifty little story (something akin this happened in my own family line, see "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller), which I will admit should have received an PG rating.
The film actually teaches a very important moral which (judging from some of the outlandish, judgmental criticisms) will most likely go right over the heads of the very people who most need to take the lesson to heart.
I Am Number Four (2011)
Disney messed up another one!
I recently finished the book "I Am Number Four", I just now finished watching the film. I have not been so disappointed in a movie since "Timeline" (2003). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300556/combined
Why do film makers change scenarios that the original authors work so hard to construct - are their egos really that fragile? If the film writers are just going to re-write why even claim association with a book? The actors, stunt people, cinematographers and special effects did a fine job, it is the re-writing of story that really stinks! Why do these people try to Disneyfy everything they touch? They would repaint La Gioconda, re-cut Michelangelo's Moses, rebuild the Taj Mahal. Let us hope if someone ever films "The Power of Six" that they FOLLOW THE BOOK !!!
The Boy Friend (1971)
A waste of talent
I know that I am quite late adding my comments here, but, for those who are truly interested: I was performing this musical on stage at a time when the film project was announced, and I saw the film as soon as it was released. I was completely shocked that Ken Russell had the nerve to use the title as he has hacked the plot into unrecognizable pieces.
I will never understand people (like Mr. Russell) who think that they have the talent to rewrite a piece that has been so loved by millions of theater buffs. If you truly want to see the musical "The Boy Friend", then steer clear of this film!!! That being said, I will add that the failure of this project is not the fault of the cast, they perform brilliantly with what they were given. If Hollywood had bothered to film Sandy Wilson's musical that would have been truly memorable; this was just a waste of talent.
Treasure Island (1972)
So far as I've seen, this is the most commendable of all interpretations of Robert Lewis Stevenson's stirring book; yet, still a great disappointment.
Most of the cast did well enough in their rolls, with the exception of, believe it or not, Orson Welles. Mr. Welles so severely under played the part of Long John Silver he made the character completely uninteresting; that and his unintelligible mumbling fatally scuttles what should have been a great and memorable film.
The music of Natale Massara, another problem, while expertly orchestrated, is derivative of other works and does nothing to convey the feeling of a thrilling tale of the sea. It would have been better suited to an episode of "Little House On The Prairie" with it's ocean of grass.
I certainly won't say that it is a waste of time to watch this version, but if it were not for Wolf Mankowitz writing the screenplay, this might well have been a complete failure.
For a real treat, go see "Muppet Treasure Island". You won't be sorry! More information at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117110/ .
The King and I (1999)
Unbelievably Offensive Film
I could not believe my eyes when I saw that WXMI (a FOX station) would be showing this horrible creation! yet here it is, noon, 15 March 2009, and it is actually being shown.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is brilliant theatre, but is still revisionist history at best. The musical was based on Margaret Landon's novel "Anna and the King of Siam" (1944), a work of fiction.
This animated piece of c*@P is not only an insult to anyone with a brain that can read a history book, it pours mud on the work of a talented team that created the original musical.
Anna Leon-Owens was a shameless self-promoter and outright liar (I read all her disrespectful error filled books). Perhaps the producers of this monstrosity thought that they would simply carry-on her outrageous flights of fantasy.
Angel on Abbey Street (1999)
I did attempt to like this film. At first I did not recall ever seeing it but by the end I remembered it and why I had banned it from memory. No, I do not have a heart of coal but lying to children is despicable.
The world would be a much better place with tooth-fairies and toy building elves but misleading children with these stories, however "well meaning", is disgraceful. Honesty and compassion is always best - as demonstrated by the grocery store owner; who by the way was the only believable character in the film.
This story is highly contrived and has a tragic end. I do not find this movie inspiring or wonderful.
An Insulting Script
I have not commented on the other presentations in this interesting series thus far because as they go it is rather standard fare. I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but if one works with an on-going project at least do a modicum of research. This script is without doubt an insult to the viewer. Barely two months earlier the character of "Peregrinus/King Richard", played by Patrick Barr, was presented. Here Peregrinus appears again and we are expected to believe that Robin and the band do not recognize the King that they have already clearly seen! Shame! One wonders if actors at that time were even allowed to object to such idiocy in the characters they regularly portrayed.
You will not believe it was released in 1932.
I thought that I was having a boring bad day, and then I saw this as an "fill out the rest of the hour" piece at the end of a local television movie feature, and this was far more interesting.
An offering from Radio Pictures, it is bizarrely over acted, yet here it works and with good reason. It is a cleverly crafted comedy short that twists an old familiar story. I just can not understand how this parody of old morality plays complete with "Simon Legree" type villain, has escaped cult film status!
No, it's not a knee-slapper, but should you get a chance, do see it. You really will not believe it was released in 1932.
The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)
The bloom is off the rose
I have never liked canned laughter and it certainly did not help here. Yes, I do like "Gilligan's Island".
Like viewing the burlesque skits of old Vaudeville, one can intellectually understand that something should be funny, once was, but today it will just miss the mark. I wanted to like this as so many well rounded performers took part in the effort. After viewing this made for TV film I remember seeing it when it originally aired, I did not then find it funny, yet I appreciate why it should elicit a smile. I watched because I recall, as a child, some of the humour of the "Phil Silvers Show" - that was the 1950's, it is now 2008 and the bloom is off the rose.
The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
Not the most horrible thing on screen.
Reading the postings here it does appear that one will either hate this offering as insulting and/or laughable or come to appreciate it as something quite unique.
Admittedly the dialog and much of its delivery is B movie tedious, yet examining other scripts and performances of the time we find that this is rather standard fare. The acting could certainly have been much more refined (Billy Rhodes, the villain, looked uncomfortable through most of the film), but I have traveled all through the United States, seen plays and musicals put on by more trained actors that were so much worse than this. Some version of this script could have easily found its way into Roy Rogers weekly show.
The worst part, for me, was the second musical number in the saloon; sung by Johnnie Fern as Diamond Dolly. I had seen it as a separate clip long before seeing the entire movie - feel free to fast forward here - it is truly embarrassing.
Charles Becker as Otto the cook, is a joy to watch.
Bill Platt as Jim 'Tex' Preston, was the senior of this group and had been performing for several decades before being well cast as the wealthy loving uncle.
Billy Curtis as the hero Buck Lawson, cuts quite a dashing figure (all be it on a pony), especially during the stagecoach chase; which is dangerous for even a larger stunt man.
Two things I found distasteful. First, Yvonne Moray as Nancy Preston running under the desk out of the jail. Second, the swinging doors at the saloon. The top of the doors were placed at the usual height for the period, but length had been reduced (obviously on purpose) to half. These are insults to both the viewer and the players.
Not the most horrible thing on screen. I will watch "The Terror of Tiny Town" rather than that audio-visual vomit, "Moulin Rouge!" (2001), any time. What ever your personal opinion of this film please allow that everyone should see it at least once. The greatest question here may not be "who thought that this movie would be a good idea?", but, "why is there a penguin in a barber shop of the old west?"